Palm Beach International Airport serves more than 6 million passengers every year through 28 gates in a flawlessly maintained facility. Located less than 2.5 miles from Downtown West Palm Beach and 3.5 miles west of Palm Beach proper, PBIA serves 14 commercial and commuter airlines. Taxi and limo service is available at each end of the terminal building on level one, and hotel shuttles are provided by many area hotels; for more information, call the Hotel Transportation Automated Reservation Center in the terminal on level one. The Yellow Express Shuttle (561-242-6444) provides 24-hour, door-to-door service to and from PBIA, with no reservations necessary.
If you prefer to float your boat to your vacation destination, the Palm Beach Yacht Center provides in-water dockage for vessels up to 80 feet, with 110/220V AC, phone service, and a marina store with the usual items (beer, soda, snacks and ice). For rates and information, email email@example.com, call 561-588-9911, ext. 200 or visit the website. Palm Harbor Marina is a new, state-of-the-art facility with floating concrete docks, high security, shower facilities, cable TV and phone service, free Wi-Fi, porter service available, a concierge to cater to your whims and an epicurean market with wines and cheeses. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, call 561-655-4757 or visit www.palmharbor-marina.com.
You don’t need a car to get around Palm Beach; however, renting one is always best because it allows you the freedom to come and go as you please any time of day or night. If you fly into PBIA, you can rent a car on level one next to the baggage claim, where Alamo, Budget, Enterprise, National, Avis, Dollar, Hertz and Thrifty all have counters. To make reservations in advance, visit www.pbia.org.
Should you choose to forgo the car rental, Palm Tran operates pink and aqua buses that traverse the entire county just about every day of the year. With their tropical paint jobs, the buses are easy to spot and run from Boca Raton to Palm Beach Gardens, contain racks for bicyclists and are wheelchair-accessible. Palm Tran also operates a downtown Shuttle Loop System that offers free transportation between office buildings, stores, restaurants and parking lots within downtown West Palm Beach. Information on routes can be found at www.pbcgov.com.
Tri-Rail is a convenient way to commute to Miami and Fort Lauderdale from Palm Beach and back again, plus the trains stop at most of the main destinations you’d want to visit while on vacation here, including Worth Avenue, Palm Beach Zoo, the Flagler Museum, City Place in West Palm and even Downtown Delray Beach. Trains run every half-hour during rush hours and every hour at midday on weekdays, with single one-way fares ranging from $2.50 to $6.90. On weekends and holidays, an all-day unlimited-use ticket is $5. For more information, visit www.tri-rail.com.
There are several car services and taxi companies in Palm Beach, everything from Park Limousine Service (561-832-2222) to East Coast Taxi (800-829-4222). Even if you do rent a car, on those evenings when you may not want to worry about getting behind the wheel, these are handy numbers to have.